A film project exploring life for people living with dementia and their carers.
In 2019 People Express were put in contact with a group of people living with dementia and their carers, living in Amber Valley. This active group took part in and set up a number a of dementia friendly activities, including a tea dance and social swimming, and now wanted to make a film of their own.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to protect the health of the people in the project, staff and artists, filming was postponed during the first national lockdown and some filming was able to take place in the summer of 2020. We used this break in filming to release a short 7 minute ‘trailer’ for the film, which can be viewed below.
The main aim of the project is to enable the group to 'gift' their personal stories, experiences,learning, passions and the belief that 'life is for living' to other people affected by dementia. They are reaching out to carers, people who are newly diagnosed and creating awareness pre-diagnosis.
The film is commisioned by Derbyshire County Council.
Developed in partnership with Amber Valley Dementia Peer Support Group and Filmcity Production Agency Ltd.
" I THOUGHT THE FILM WAS BRILLIANT. AS A CARER IT WAS REFRESHING TO SEE DEMENTIA DISCUSSED IN A TRUTHFUL WAY THAT YOU WOULD NOT SEE IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA. " Tony, Carer